Subject: [cwj 66] Statement from Women's Summit, Okinawa June 22-25
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Date: Wed, 19 Jul 2000 15:34:28 -0700
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Final statement, Women's Summit, Okinawa June 22-25

International Women's Summit to Redefine Security
Naha, Okinawa, Japan, June 22-25, 2000

On the eve of the annual meeting of the G-8 leaders, to be held in Okinawa,
July 21-23, 2000, ninety-one members of the East Asia-US Women's Network
Against Militarism, coming from the Philippines, Puerto Rico, South Korea,
Japan, U.S., mainland Japan, and Okinawa, convened the International
Women's Summit to Redefine Security. We are activists, teachers, students,
researchers, elected officials, survivors of physical, sexual, and
emotional violence; we are daughters, mothers, and wives.  The purpose of
this meeting was to challenge the principle of "national security" on which
the economic policies of the G-8 are based.  These economic policies can
never achieve genuine security.  Rather, they generate gross insecurity for
most peoples of the world and devastate the natural environment.  These
economic policies are inextricably linked to increasing militarization
throughout the world.  Militaries reap enormous profits for multinational
corporations and stockholders through the development, production, and sale
of weapons of destruction.  Moreover, militaries maintain control of local
populations and repress those who oppose the fundamental principles on
which the world economic system is based.  The current economic system
depends on deep-seated attitudes and relationships characterized by greed,
fear, domination, and the objectification of "others" expressed through
racism, sexism, imperialism, and the desire to control the physical
environment.  Vested interests, routine ways of thinking, prejudice,
ignorance, and inertia also play their part in maintaining entrenched
systems of economic, social, and political inequality.

This Women's Summit builds on the earlier meetings of the East Asia-US
Women's Network in Naha, Okinawa (1997) and Washington, DC (1998) which
sought to build a strong international network of women who oppose
militarism and are working to define an agenda for true global security and
peace. Throughout our four-day gathering, we affirmed that genuine security
is based on the following four key tenets:

*	the environment in which we live must be able to sustain human and
natural life
*	people's basic survival needs for food, clothing, shelter, health
care, and education must be met;
*	people's fundamental human dignity and respect for cultural
identities must be honored; and
*	people and the natural environment must be protected from avoidable

By these standards, there are no truly secure societies in the world and
none that are fully committed to achieving genuine security. Yet many
detailed alternative proposals to creating and maintaining true security
have been developed by international peace and human rights organizations.
These include specific proposals for non-violent conflict resolution,
early-warning procedures, mediation services, and the restoration and
re-building of devastated lands and communities. Development for genuine
security must be economically and environmentally sustainable.

Participants in the International Women's Summit shared our experiences of
the impact of this militarized economy on our lives.  We see
demilitarization as a process of incremental steps by which governments
must reduce military operations, expenditures, and cultures while
simultaneously expanding non-military alternatives.  Toward our goal of
achieving true security, we issue the following demands to the leaders of
G-8 nations and to the leaders of nations that we represent:

*	Stop the bombing on Vieques, Puerto Rico; cease the war in
Mindanao, Philippines; end the Korean War and support efforts to reunify
Korea; stop plans for new or replacement bases in Okinawa, e.g. the
proposed heliport at Henoko.  These immediate steps would be the basis for
ultimate removal of military presence from these communities and return the
land to local control.
*	Revise the unequal Status of Forces Agreements (SOFA) and Visiting
Forces Agreement (VFA), a first step toward the total removal of US bases
from Okinawa, mainland Japan, Korea, and the Philippines.
*	Oppose the new US-Japan Defense Guidelines that require Japan to
provide facilities and personnel to support US military activities in the
region.  The Guidelines constitute a violation of Article 9 of the Japanese
*	Ratify the International Criminal Court, which will provide a
mechanism for ordinary people to take action against military crimes.
*	Compensate host countries and individual victims and survivors of
military toxic waste and of violent acts against women and children that
are results of the US military presence. Specifically:
1.	adopt the Host Country Bill of Rights as ratified in the
International Grassroots Summit for Military Toxics (October 1999,
Washington, DC);
2.	provide full accountability and compensation for violence against
women that includes violence against women in host communities, sexual
harassment of women in the military, and domestic violence in military
*	Take responsibility for social, economic, and political development
of Amerasian children by the US and governments of host countries.
*	Immediately decrease military spending by developing specific plans
and timelines for overall demilitarization.  Specifically:
1.	eliminate Japan's "Sympathy Budget" that supports US presence in Japan;
2.	commit to ongoing cumulative reduction of military spending-for
example, 5% per year) and reallocate these resources toward compensation
and redress  for victims and survivors of military operations
3.	develop alternatives to military conflict resolution
4.	provide housing, food, shelter, health care, and education, which
are basic survival needs
*	Stop new weapons design development, and testing; end sales of weapons.
*	The perspectives, leadership and issues of women be central to all
matters of peace and security, including planning and decision-making of
base closures and conversion.
*	Women's organizations must be included at all levels of peace
negotiations and national reconstruction.  A pressing case is the dialogues
beginning between North and South Korea.
*	Conversion of military systems and military land must promote and
reflect programs and projects that meet local community needs and are
culturally relevant.

We conclude that military security is a contradiction in terms.  The
present militarized international security system is maintained at the
expense of the natural environment, the economic and social needs of many
people, and fundamental human rights.  This is a price we refuse to pay.

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